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Who agrees that Universal Sports sucks?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I do.  Why?

--no sportscasters, just "raw feeds."  I can't even hear the German announcer much less understand him.

--difficult to see a race without seeing blaring headlines giving away the result

--races are apparently posted for only a week or two.  My favorite is the Lauberhorn and it's no longer available.

--NONE of these problems existed with WCSN.  So it's not that U Sports can't fix this stuff.  My guess is that the corporate suits feel that what they're doing will bring them more money and the hell with the viewer.  I used to pay for and enjoy WCSN.  I positively cannot stand Universal Sports.  Does anybody out there agree?  The whole thing sort of reminds me of how OLN one day just said the hell with skiing and didn't even announce to the viewers that they weren't going to cover it anymore.  I can't stand that kind of attitude.  If the Saints weren't going to the Superbowl (I'm from New Orleans) I'd be really mad.  I was at the first Saints game when on the first play some guy ran 90 yards for a touchdown.  Then it was all downhill for the next 43 years.  I'm not a football fan; I'm a skier.  But at least there's something good going on in sports to take my mind off of Universal Merde
post #2 of 9
Hey, I'm just happy to have racing on.  Two races in a single day .....

I haven't noticed blaring headlines giving away the results, perhaps for once our carrier is doing the right thing and snuffing it out.

The only objection I have is that damned FIOS AD THAT RUNS THE VOLUME UP TO ABOUT THE ROAR OF A J-57 ENGINE ON TAKE OFF.
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post

Hey, I'm just happy to have racing on.  Two races in a single day .....

I haven't noticed blaring headlines giving away the results, perhaps for once our carrier is doing the right thing and snuffing it out.

The only objection I have is that damned FIOS AD THAT RUNS THE VOLUME UP TO ABOUT THE ROAR OF A J-57 ENGINE ON TAKE OFF.
 

+1, I'll take what I can get. Ever watched ski racing on network TV? Now that''s bad.


Edited by Eric S - 1/26/10 at 12:33pm
post #4 of 9
I've never watched Universal Sports online; I'm fortunate to get it on cable.  They don't show races live but they do repeat them plenty and you can do what I do and record them on a DVR.  They also have American announcers.  Not sure if they do this live or, more likely, add it afterwards.  Steve Porino and Doug Lewis - 2 former racers make a decent announce team and they have Christian Cooper and Dan Macay I think it is doing on location interviews - likely stockpiling stuff for the Olympics.

BTW, I used to work for OLN and the audiences for ski racing were tiny.  We tried our best to grow them but with very limited success.  I hate what Versus has become but am enjoying, for the most part, Uiversal Sports on CATV.
post #5 of 9

I don’t. 

Put me in the “it’s all good” camp as
I’m with Yuki on this…happy to have the races on…especially in raw narrative with only the deep raspy voice [what’s his name?] urging Bode et al out of the gatehouse along with skis slicing the boilerplate.  Hell, I’d even suggest they amp the cowbell’s which cues me to a racer crossing the line if I happen to have my back to the laptop or TV.

post #6 of 9
That's the dumbest post I've seen around here in a long time. No sportscasters? That right there is a huge plus.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by taoskier View Post

...--no sportscasters, just "raw feeds." ...

--races are apparently posted for only a week or two.  My favorite is the Lauberhorn and it's no longer available.
...  But at least there's something good going on in sports to take my mind off of Universal Merde

raw feed is THE BEST! but iff'n I have to listen to Steve and Doug, its ok also - just show me the WHOLE race, including the back markers.

The hahenkamm was AWESOME! what a crazy course!

Superbowl - is in-between-time for commercials
it's not sports when you stop every 2 plays to get in commercials.
boring shyte

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Originally Posted by crank View Post
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BTW, I used to work for OLN and the audiences for ski racing were tiny.  We tried our best to grow them but with very limited success.  I hate what Versus has become but am enjoying, for the most part, Uiversal Sports on CATV.
 Ditto on Versus - quickly went to a new level of crappage.
 I did piss and moan about Universal online not full showing the lauberhorn races, but that seems reversed now with the Kitz stuff. Maybe it was because the viewers, like me, did piss and moan about the online content deterioration. Or some other contractual problem.
The individual run clips just don;t do it for getting a flavor for the real race.
As for the older races, I did re-watch the stuff from earlier in Late Nov and Dec, and those were still all available online - I didnt notice anything which was dropped. There were a few broadcasts which never seemed to 'stream' at all, but that hasn;t changed one way or the other.
Universal is again on the 'plus' list for my abreviated TV/Programming schedule.
post #8 of 9
I too like the raw feed, & at least Doug & Steve have a clue.   WCSN never did stream for me.  No problem with Silverlite.  I plug my laptop into the big screen, turn on some tunes with the sounds of skis carving ice & a few cowbells in the background. 
Life is good

Remember the days of network coverage, a few racers, alot of up close & personal & some drunk named Bob as the commentator .

The best was when OLN covered it with the British commentators.  Those guys rocked!

JF
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
 I can't believe you guys.  I seem to remember Steve Porino from 
 
WCSN and as I recall he was pretty good.  And WCSN had MacCartney 
 
shortly after his big crash.  I think those guys added a lot to 
 
the races.  I never would have known there was a "Poles Corner" or 
 
whatever it was in the Lauberhorn where guys from Poland or 
 
wherever used to crash (my apologies if it wasn't Polish skiers).  
 
I LIKED the commentary.  I also liked seeing races whenever I 
 
chose to.  I remember Universal started out giving some sort of 
 
deal to those who entered a code in the middle of a race.  But you 
 
had to enter the code during the first two weeks the race was 
 
aired or it was no good.  What's this crap about you how you MUST 
 
watch the race within the first week or two or you don't count.  I 
 
guess it has to do with ratings and money.  I can't believe nobody 
 
out there agrees with me that WCSN was much better.  Well, I know 
 
one does because I saw a post complaining about the results being 
 
too easily seen before seeing the race.  WCSN was careful to avoid 
 
spoiling it for you.  Again, I just can't believe you people 
 
really don't give a damn that you can't pick up and watch the 
 
Lauberhorn in the middle of the summer like you could with WCSN.   
 
Are you on NBC's payroll or what?  C'mon, somebody out there has 
 
to agree with me!  And as for the person who said my post was the 
 
"dumbest" he'd ever heard, you don't have to be insulting for 
 
God's sake.  If you don't like sportscasters, ok, I respect your 
 
opinion.  You don't have to agree with me, but you don't have to 
 
be insulting (and note I didn't say "disrepect me" or something 
 
like that--disrespect is for people whose vocabulary is not large 
 
enough to include the word "insult."  Same with empower--what's 
 
wrong with enable?  But I digress).  Oh, and I'm assuming the 
 
"dumbest" comment came from a guy because generally women are more 
 
polite.  Anyway, would somebody who's not on NBC's payroll and who 
 
agrees with me please write in.  I was much happier paying for 
 
WCSN than I am with Universal for free.  To me, saying you prefer 
 
NBC's Universal over WCSN is like saying you prefer getting half 
 
of, rather than all of,  your change back when you buy a sandwich. 
 
 Hell, if you don't like the commentary you can always use the 
 
mute button.  And why on earth wouldn't you want the option to go 
 
back and see any race at any time?  What is the possible advantage 
 
in NOT having that option?  Please, somebody write in who liked 
 
WCSN better than Universal.  Restore my faith in man's (and 
 
women's) intelligence.  And a note to NBC/Universal: You know damn 
 
well you're doing what you're doing differently from WSCN to make 
 
money, not to satisfy your customers.  I assume that your forcing 
 
your viewers into a smaller time frame ensures a greater number of 
 
viewers over a given time.  And speaking of NBC, the tape-delaying 
 
of the Olympics sucks too.  And I KNOW I'm not the only one who 
 
feels this way.  Onc glance at the New York Times and you knew 
 
Lindsey Vonn (whom I've been watching since she wa Lindsey Kildow) 
 
won gold before you saw her win it on NBC.  Prime-time audience.  
 
Bigger.  More money.  Can't NBC ever think of anything other than 
 
how to make more money?  Thank God I didn't look at any news 
 
before Bode finally won an olympic gold medal in the combined.  I 
 
and other skiing fanatics have known for years that Bode is great. 
 
 Even in Torino he deserved gold for some of the saves he did 
 
(keeping himself vertical after almost wiping out at 70 mph).  But 
 
America in general would never have known it if tonight's result 
 
had been different,  Bronze, Silver, and now Gold!  Go Bode!  
 
Maybe that's something we can all agree on?
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